Kalpowar Crossing Camping Area (North Qld)

  • Unpowered Site

Kalpowar Crossing camping area is a highly regarded and extensively equipped camping site nestled along an 8-kilometer stretch of permanent waterholes that trace the course of the Normanby River.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Kiosk

  • Picnic Table

  • Showers (Cold)

  • Suitable For Camper Trailer

  • Suitable For Tents

  • Toilets

  • Water (Rainwater)

  • Wheelchair Access


  • Campfires allowed

Additional rules

1) Open fires: allowed (except when fire bans apply) in fire rings only. Fuel stoves are recommended. Do not collect firewood in the park.
2) Generators: prohibited.

Things to know

The camping area can be accessed solely by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles due to the rugged terrain. The journey to the camping area requires careful navigation through diverse landscapes. It's important to practice responsible 4WD driving techniques and consider the guidelines for minimal impact driving. The camping area's location on the steep western bank of the Normanby River, flanking an 8-kilometer stretch of permanent freshwater pools, makes it a highly sought-after spot. Its array of facilities and picturesque setting contribute to its popularity among both locals and travelers. Additionally, large crocodiles are known to frequent the area, emphasizing the need for awareness and caution when exploring crocodile habitats. Campers are advised to bring essential supplies such as food, drinking water, equipment for water treatment, rubbish bags, insect repellent, mosquito nets, fuel stoves, and necessary vehicle spare parts. Mobile phone coverage is not available



The camping area's strategic location makes it an excellent base for exploring Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park and its surrounding attractions. Visitors can embark on a journey along the Kalpowar discovery walk, an easy trail that winds through thick vine forests and serene open woodlands along the river. The Normanby River offers an avenue for boating and fishing, with boat launching facilitated at the causeway. The camping area also serves as the sole point for crossing the Normanby River en route to Cape Melville National Park.


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